Raducanu in first WTA semis since US Open win

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Emma Raducanu beat Magda Linette in straight sets to reach the Korea Open semifinals, her first appearance in the last four of a tournament since her US Open win in 2021.

Raducanu made light work of No.3 seed Linette in her 6-2, 6-2 win, which also marks the first time she has recorded three straight victories since her remarkable run as a qualifier in Flushing Meadows.

The 19-year-old has not dropped a set at the Korea Open and will next face top-seeded Estonian Jelena Ostapenko or the Andorran Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva for a place in the final in Seoul.

Raducanu was rarely troubled in the first set, which she wrapped up in 35 minutes after breaking Linette’s serve twice. The Briton experienced more resistance early in the second set when she was forced to save three break points from Linette, but she broke the Pole twice more en route to a dominant victory.

It represents a welcome return to form for Raducanu, who has struggled since her US Open triumph last year. She fell sharply down the rankings to 77th and lost in the first round of her title defence in Flushing Meadows last month.

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